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Little Mountain

Well here is.

The last of my 12 monthly songs comes out this Friday!

Thanks to my Kickstarter backers I have done it.

A new song. Every month. For a year.

Little Mountain 

Let me know what you think.

Here is this months painting for you also.

I head to Nashville this week for Americana Fest. Playing the new song Little Mountain in front of a live audience at 3rd and Lindsay live on WMOT on Friday. That night is a lovely gathering of folks for a benefit concert with The Bittersweets and Friends at City Winery.

The new record "Brighter Day" comes out next month. If you ordered one already on Kickstarter CDs are being sent to you in time for the Oct 11 worldwide release. There is a 13th bonus song on the record in addition to the twelve monthly songs. If you'd like a cd just email me back and you can order one. You can pre save on Spotify here

I am super excited to be playing with Mipso in Berkeley Sept 29! I saw them at Folk Alliance in Montreal last January and love their music.

For everybody who wanted a T-shirt this last month on tour and I was sold out let me know your order/size and I can send you one! The new shipment just arrived.

🌲🌞🎶 Trucker hats are coming soon :)

The Follow the Love tour continues with Missouri on the horizon after Nashville. If you want me to come play in your neck of the woods reach out and we'll make it happen. 

Thank you for being part of my life. I hope to see you in person soon. All these screens just aren't the same no matter how many pixels they have.

Forest

Little mountain

I have come to know you well

You have been so very kind

Now I must say farewell

Your only daughter

Was to be my bride

We’d live together

By your side

Now she’s gone

I too must go

Where I’m bound

I don’t know

Oh my soul

Oh my soul

Where I’m bound I don’t know


Little mountain

You have been my home

Now my fortune I must find

My fate calls, I’m bound to roam

When my road

Has reached its end

I’ll come back to you again

In your deepest valleys

And your  highest peaks

I’ll tell you all

That I have seen

Oh my soul

Oh my soul

I’ll tell you all that I have seen


And when it’s time for me to die

I’ll lay down by your side

Beneath your stones and redwood trees

Little mountain I will sleep

Oh my soul

Oh my soul


Little mountain I will sleep

Oh my soul

Oh my soul

Little mountain I will sleep


Forest Sun - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Gawain Mathews -Mandolin, French Organ

Produced by Forest Sun and Gawain Mathews

Engineered and Mixed by Gawain Mathews

Mastered by Justin Weis

Copyright 2019 forestsunmusic BMI

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Knowing How It Ends

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Hello from Michigan!

  I've been driving, playing and jumping in lakes from Saint Paul to Petoskey on the Follow The Love Tour. More upcoming shows and radio appearances below.

Here is this months new song just for you:

Knowing How It Ends

You can hear the rest of the monthly songs so far here

The new record comes out in October! 

 I can send you a physical cd then if you like.

Here is a monthly painting  -"Visionary", and a new Porch Session video for you as well  -"Bring Me Home".

"Bring Me Home" is a song from my first record reimagined bluegrass style - recorded at Story Ranch in New Mexico with David and Enion of Taarka on mandolin and violin.

Write me back if you feel like it. I like hearing from you.  And I love invitations. Follow the Love Tour info below. Let me know if you would like to host a house concert.

Yours in Love and Music and Gratitude,

Forest

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Just Someone I Used To Know

Here's to music!

Here is my new release for this month.

Just Someone I Used To Know

You can hear the rest of the monthly songs so far here

The new record comes out in October.

 I can send you a physical cd then if you like.

Write me back if you feel like it. I like hearing from you.  And I love invitations. Follow the Love Tour info below. Let me know if you would like to host a house concert.

Flying to Colorado today.

Playing in San Francisco next week.

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan I am coming to you in August. See you soon!

Yours in Love and Music and Gratitude,

Forest

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Now That She's Gone

hey, how are things in your world?

A six year old said to me a few days ago at the beach "It's like the wind asks a question and the waves answer."  So there you have it. Poetry and physics.  "Melody and numbers" goes the line in the song by my friend Sean Hayes. One chord leads to the next and the moon pulls all the water we are made of around like the tides.

My new monthly song is here!

Two chords and a lot of feelings.

Now That She's Gone

You can hear the rest of the monthly songs so far here

The new record comes out in October. Stay tuned for news of the cd release party.

Here's a video of a live solo performance of Baby Don't Worry (We'll Be All Right) from a visit to Grez Guitars in Petaluma. Isn't that a lovely guitar?

The follow the love tour continues. Come say hello.

Couple of trio shows with Steve Adams on bass  (You know Steve from ALO, Nicki Bluhm) and Rob Hooper on drums, (You've heard Rob on Albums by Seth Walker, Hot Buttered Rum, Anna Egge Carolyn Wonderland)

Playing in San Rafael, Ca.  JUN 21 FRI at the Fenix with The Belle Sounds from Austin, Tx. Noelle and Andre of The Belle Sounds will sit on some tunes! We go way back to the early days of the old Sweetwater in Mill Valley. Love all these people and am excited to be making music together.

And in Placerville JUN 22 SAT Benefit for Positive Legacy  positive music for a positive cause!

See more upcoming dates across the good old USA on the tour page.

Write me if you feel like it. I like hearing from you.  And I love invitations.

Love,

Forest

New  🌲🌞🎶 emoji T-shirts are here! 

Email me with your size and your order and I'll send you one!

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Now That She’s Gone

She wrote me out of her story

She took my picture off her wall

We had love she wanted glory

She doesn’t answer my call

Now that she’s gone

Every song sings to me

Now that she’s gone

It’s not like it used to be

Now that she’s gone

I can’t sleep through the night

Now that she’s gone

Nothing seems to be right

I thought I knew love what did I know?

I thought I knew low, how low can I go?

I’ve never felt so alone

I don’t no where to call home

Now that she’s gone

I thought our love was strong enough

Now that she’s gone

I never knew it could be this rough

Now that she’s gone

I am lost, all at sea

Now that she’s gone

got no anchor, no place to be

Now that she’s gone

Now that she’s gone

Now that she’s gone

Now that she’s gone

 

Forest Sun - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Rob Hooper - Drums

Gawain Mathews - Electric Bass Guitar, Electric Slide Guitar, Hammond organ

Produced by Gawain Mathews and Forest Sun

Engineered and Mixed by Gawain Mathews

Mastered by Justin Weis

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Free Trip to Egypt

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Just back from some lovely shows with some lovely people in Oklahoma. The Arkansas River was a swollen brown serpent. I saw a few fireflies and even put my barefeet in the grass, somehow escaping unscathed by chigger bites. Nice to sleep in my own bed last night and walk in the redwoods this morning.

I'll be in San Francisco at the premiere of the film  Free Trip To Egypt on June 12.

Working on this film took me to three continents over the last two and half years.. It's the first time I have done an entire feature film soundtrack. I met some amazing people.  Saw the pyramids. Rode a camel.  Director Ingrid Serban will also be in attendance at the San Francisco event.

The film screens nationwide that day as part of the #pledgetolisten campaign Day of Unity on June12.

To get your tickets and find a screening in a theatre near you go to:

Free Trip to Egypt

My new songs every month are here! Listen! Enjoy! Share!

The Follow the Love tour continues with upcoming shows in California, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, and Missouri coming up, Check the tour page for details and reach out if you want me to come play your town.

Below is a live video of my new song Windowsill recorded live at Grez Guitars in Petaluma.

love,

Forest

 

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Brighter Day

“Brighter Day” releases today on Spotify! Thank you for doing this experiment wrestling the algorithms. Will you go and listen on Spotify today? Share it with your friends? Add it to your playlists? Give this song a warm welcome to the world and send it far and wide? Tell me in comments below what this song makes you feel? What it reminds you of? Stories it evokes?


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It seems like a long time

Since we first began

Lord knows I’ve been trying

To do the best I can


I can’t always take the high road

I don’t always make the grade

But I can always hope tomorrow

Will be a brighter day


Everytime I talk about it

Words fall empty on the floor

I don’t blame you if you doubt it

You’ve heard it all before


I can’t always take the high road

I don’t always make the grade

But I can always hope tomorrow

Will be a brighter day


So take my tired tales and tinder

And light a fire in my soul

Cause I’ve been sinking under

Don’t know how much further I can go


I can’t always take the high road

I don’t always make the grade

But I can always hope tomorrow

Will be a brighter day


Forest Sun - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar 

Ingrid Serban - Harmony Vocals 

Rob Hooper - Drums 

Gawain Mathews - National Guitar, Bass, Harmony Vocals 

Produced by Gawain Mathews and Forest Sun 

Mixed by Gawain Mathews at Gawain Mathews Studios 

Mastered by Justin Weis

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Baby Don't Worry (We'll Be All Right)

Aw... April...showers and flowers here in California. What's it like where you are?

Here is your new monthly song to put a spring in your step.

Baby, Don't Worry (We'll Be All Right)

Who does it remind you of?

I will keep putting out a new song every month thanks to my Kickstarter backers with the full record releasing in October. Click here for all the songs so far. See the Tour calendar for a show near you or give a shout if you want to host a house concert! I am doing my best to bring this music to you live and in person.

yours in song,

Forest

Love,

Forest

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follow the love

As these days flow by I wake each morning feeling the press in my chest to make the most of the time I am here. To follow the love. To bring this music to you if I can. To be available to life. To share my art and my heart. To meet you in person instead of on a screen. To look you in the eye and share that infinite wonder that we are here at all. 

Here are some ways you can help bring this music to you and the world:

1.Invite me to come play! Host a house concert. Request that they book me at your favorite venue or festival. Write me back and we'll make it happen.

2.Help get me from here to there! Have extra frequent flyer miles you'd like to donate? Own an airbnb I can stay in on my way through? Have a cabin in the woods or a spot perfect for recovering from the road and writing songs where I can stay a while? Let me know.

3.Share my music with your friends. What's your favorite song of mine? Post about it and tell me? Call your favorite local radio and ask them to play my music. Follow me on you tube for the latest videos. Share them with your friends! Follow and share any of the social media below that suits your fancy.

4. Make a contribution. Love is more important than money!  But won't pay for my airline ticket.  I love that my music is always there for you for the asking with just a click.  The music is free everywhere now. Making the music and bringing it to you is not. Your support makes it all possible. If the link doesn't work you can PayPal me to forest@forestsun.com.

5. Come to a show! In a room. With other people. Not in your house. (Unless your hosting :))  Sing along. Clap your hands. Stomp your feet. Come say hello. 

I know there are a million songwriters and I feel lucky that you like my music and care enough to be on this list. I don't take it for granted. Thank you!

Check the tour page for shows I've booked so far for this year. Don't see your town? What can we cook up?

The video is a live version of my song "Magpie" recorded in an aspen grove in Colorado.  It feels like a civil war era murder ballad to me. Looking forward to playing with the marvelous David G. Tiller on mandolin and Enion Pelta-Tiller on violin again next month in New Mexico (dates and ticket links on the tour page). The song has only been released as part of the kickstarter a few years back. If you want me to send you that cd or a download I will.

I will keep putting out a new song every month (See below for all the songs so far)

Write me back or this conversation starts to feel a bit one sided. Like I'm just mumbling into the abyss of the endless cyber world of echos and wandering ghosts. I like hearing from you.

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If our time is over

Shout out today to the phenomenal Alex Budman. Alex played and arranged all the horns on my brand new song:

He really gave it the Ray CharlesOtis Redding vibe I was going for. I first met Alex in college (UC Santa Cruz) playing together in a funk band with Maya Rudolph. I was rapping and playing percussion. We even opened for No Doubt at the The Catalyst Club before I left for Spain to study art. Maya went on to Saturday Night Live and an illustrious career in film. Alex Budman has become THE session cat for sax in LA. You can hear him on records by D'AngeloElvis Costello and Mavis Staples just to name a few. Here is Alex and me doing a porch session a few years back (see below) Yeah, he plays a swinging clarinet like nobodies business, too. I miss having you nearby for hikes up Mount.TamalpaisAlex! LA is lucky to have you. Come visit soon.

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My Dad


He chopped wood with keyboardist Garth Hudson from THE BAND. He was housemates with fellow musicians Maria Muldaur and Geoff Muldaur. He literally built the floor that Bob Dylan and countless others stood on in manager Albert Grossman’s Bearsville music studio near Woodstock,NY... but missed out on meeting Dylan because of an untimely case of excessive flatulence brought on by his home cooked, home grown, garden picked beans. He was my first guitar teacher. He studied buddhism in Nepal. Lived on the Navajo Reservation. Worked on a farm still run with Clydesdale horses. Had four kids. Was an epic gardener who grew his own food. Raised turkeys. Hitchhiked by himself to Alaska. He was an artist and a carpenter and a mechanic. He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war. He practiced Aikido and Tai Chi. When I was 14 we drove together in a 1954 chevy pickup from New Mexico to Vermont. The truck couldn’t go over 45 miles per hour. We had to leave it running when we got gas and park on a hill so we could get it started again. The huge red wooden box he built on the back carrying all his world possessions later was turned into a chicken coop. He lost three older siblings to cystic fibrosis and his father to a brain tumor by the time he was twelve. He had a great laugh and twinkle in his eye. He never hurried. He was a wizard.

He was my father and I loved him and miss him already.

There will be a concert in his honor and celebration of his life January 25th at the Emporium Wines & The Underdog Cafe where he played music every Sunday for the last 8 years. Music an performances by Amelia MarieSchumacher, Eben SchumacherOlin SchumacherCarl SchumacherBruce SchumacherTeresa SchumacherTucki BaileyForest Sun and The Devils Backbone.

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One candle can light the darkness

One candle can light the darkness

Let me hear your voice so I know that I’m not alone

When I’m struggling, lost and hopeless

That little light gonna help me find my way home

When my heart’s in shadow

And the night is long

When I’ve lost the battle

And I can’t go on

When the storm clouds gather

And I can’t see the road

When my map’s in tatters

And I don’t know where to go

One candle can light the darkness

Let me hear your voice so I know that I’m not alone

When I’m struggling, lost and hopeless

That little light gonna help me find my way home

When I’m adrift on the ocean

So far from land

When I can't see the horizon

And I need a helping hand

I see the sun rising

I hear the morning dove song

For fools and for wise men

It’s always darkest before the dawn

One candle can light the darkness

Let me hear your voice so I know that I’m not alone

When I’m struggling, lost and hopeless

That little light gonna help me find my way home

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a fine December...


I am doing a pay what you want holiday sale! Pay what you want for any of my music. Cd's. Vinyl. Downloads. Gifts for friends. What ever you want. This music was made to be listened to. Just put any amount you would like to pay here. And let me know what to send you. I will personally package it up and take it down to the post office in time for the holidays.

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Kickstarter Fully Funded!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…we past our 20k goal for making this new record! I couldn’t have done it without you. If you missed it and would still like to contribute go here: “Support My Music “ . Donate any amount and I will send you a new song every month culminating in the new album!

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crows calling early this morning sent me stumbling out the door

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My Dad taught me this Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song on a visit to Ohio last January. October is Tom's birthday month and the month he left us also. Seems only right to offer this tribute now. I love singing harmonies with Kelly McFarling and Lia Rose and how Gawain Mathews captures the piano melody from Tom's original on the mandolin. Big shout out to my porch sessions sponsors so far ( Steven Tsai and Dawn Shalhoup and Ron-you rock!) Be a sponsor, too? Help keep the music and songs and videos coming at my Kickstarter?

Only a little over a week left to reach my goal so go right now!

Keep the music alive!

You make it all possible!

Yours in love and songs,

Forest

P.S. I've added a new reward.  Acoustic duo house concerts in there Bay Area and Beyond! Would you like to host a house concert? Let me know!  We'll make it happen!

Above photo by Ron Shalhoup at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

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New Song for You

Windowsill

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One week into the Kickstarter! It's been such a gift to hear from you all and feel your love and hear your stories of the first time we met or the first time you heard my music.  Write me back!  I love hearing from you.

As a thank you to you who have pledged already (and to tempt you if you haven't yet), I offer you this song. "Windowsill". Supporters of my Kickstarter will get a new song every month culminating in a new album. I know you like your music free and easy. And I know you want to make sure that the music keeps coming!

Thank you for your care and for sharing with friends far and wide! May music help heal our hearts and our planet.

 

Here is there link to the Kickstarter 

 For your free new song just click this link:

https://forestsun.bandcamp.com/track/windowsill

Yours in love and songs,

Forest

P.S. I've added a new painting as a reward. The  painting I sent you last week, "Color of  Morning",  has been pledged for! This new piece is called. "Under the Same Moon" Acrylic on Canvas 12" by 12" and can be all yours with your pledge.

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New Forest Sun songs come to life! A new song every month for a year culminating in a new album.

Seven years. They say that's how long it takes for every cell in your body to change. It's been seven years since I made my last full album.  It is time now.  It takes a lot to make a record. To listen to the soft calls of songs waiting to be born. To trust my own hands and voice to do them justice. To breath life into stories and melodies. To feel the rhythm. To hear the harmony.

I am excited and a little frightened to share these songs with you. I feel proud and vulnerable at the same time. 

You surprised me with your love and generosity for my last project putting out Vinyl. It feels good to see people hold that record in their hands now. To know they get to have that moment of watching it spin and putting the needle down.  So thank you for that.  And it isn't easy for me to ask you to support another record. There is a lot of places we can put our money to do some good in the world.  I do think the world needs good music now more than ever.  I know I do.  Music has been my best and closest friend. Music is always there for me. Through some of the hardest times of my life, and some of the most joyful.  It means a lot to me to be able to share that with you.

So check out the rewards.. Give what feels right to you or not all. Either way thank you for taking an interest enough to visit this page Thanks for telling people about it and sharing, too. 

Yours in gratitude,

Forest

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